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LOC Levy To Be Reduced
Following an LOC committee meeting on the 29th August it has been decided to reduce the LOC levy which is applied to all practices in the Wakefield area. The current levy stands at 1% which is then split with 0.5% transferred to the LOC Support Unit and 0.5% going to Wakefield LOC. From October 2017 the LOC percentage will be reduced to 0.1% making a new total deduction of 0.6%. The levy is applied to the amount claimed by each practice for NHS sight tests and the LOC portion is used to support LOC activities such as CET meetings and attending official meetings.

Wakefield LOC Treasurer Mark Shelton said, "It was important to ensure that the LOC had sufficient funds to carry out its duties but had an obligation to minimise costs to local practices". It is anticipated that the new reduced rate will be effective until April 2018 but will be extended further if this is possible.
(29th August 2017)

Overdue PCSE payments start arriving
After the LOC made a formal complaint regarding the non payment of GOS1 fees from June, we are pleased to say many payments were made the following day. For some this was a payment in full but some practices still have a few items outstanding but they have been informed these will be paid in a few days.
If practices should encounter this problem again then practices should let the LOC know so that greater pressure can be brought to bear.
(24th August 2017)

Next CET meeting : 12th September
The next in the LOC's series of CET training meetings will be held on Tuesday 12th September. It will be held at the usual venue of the Holmfield Eating Inn, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, in the upstairs meeting room.

The evening starts with a presentation by Mid Yorkshire Ophthalmologist Mr Ezzedin Luhishi entitled OCT Macula from Inside Out which looks like an essential topic for those who already have or are thinking about aquiring the new technology. The lecture will attract 1 Interactive CET point for Optometrists.

The second lecture is by Richard Edwards who will be talking about GOC Standards. Richard is Professional Advisor to the Optical Consumer Complaints Service, chairs the Optical Confederation Education Committee and is a member of the GOC Companies Committee. His lecture will attract 3 interactive CET points for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

As usual a free light buffet will be available before the meeting and there is plenty of free parking. If you would like to come along then please send us a short email with your name and GOC registration number to cet@wakefieldoptometry.org.uk as soon as possible to help us with CET administration and catering.
(14th August 2017)

OHT Monitoring to run from 1st September
Ocular Hypertension Monitoring is the latest scheme to be added to the Wakefield Enhanced Services and is to be rolled out on the 1st September. Those practices involved in providing enhanced services should start receiving information and software updates from Wakefield CCG very shortly. Setting up the scheme has proved quite complex and practices are asked to be patient in the early weeks as there are bound to be teething troubles.

Once up and running though, the scheme will not only provide practices the opportunity to make greater use of their clinical skills but will will take a large amount of strain off the overstretched glaucoma department at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals.
(12th August 2017)

PCSE: No talk and no payments
As outlined in the latest newsletter, many local practices have still not received payment for their GOS1 claims from June. Practices were advised that the outstanding amounts would be paid in August along with their July claim but for many this hasn't happen. The LOC also understand that some practices are still awaiting payment for some GOS3 claims. For many practices these payments represent a significant part of their monthly financial planning and hardship is being experienced.

Several practices, the LOC and even LOCSU haven't been able to get a satifactory reply (indeed a reply at all) but an official complaint (with a case number) has now been opened with NHS Payments We will keep you informed of any developments.
(10th August 2017)